Each VPC has a dedicated Redis cluster, using the AWS Elasticache service.

Elasticache means there is very little overhead when maintaining or operating the Redis cluster.

Persistent and Ephemeral databases

Starting in Workarea V3 and up, each environment has its own persistent and ephemeral redis database.

The databases are set using environment variables on your application servers. By SSH'ing into your servers you can see which Redis database number is in use for your environment:


If you're in a situation where a 3rd party gem or otherwise requires you to pass a Redis URL, you can do so with the Workarea::Configuration::Redis library:

Loading development environment (Rails 5.0.4)
irb(main):001:0> Workarea::Configuration::Redis.cache.to_url
=> "redis://localhost:6379/0"
irb(main):002:0> Workarea::Configuration::Redis.persistent.to_url
=> "redis://localhost:6379/1"

A note on the KEYS operation

There can come a time, whether in staging or production, that you may need to clear a large number of keys programatically or manually. The most typical use case, is for clearing cache keys.

It's important to note that the KEYS operation in Redis blocks all other read and write commands. This can be problematic when your dataset has a high number of keys.

As a one time key scan, it's not a huge deal, but if you ever finding yourself doing this more than once, you should use the SCAN operation.

Here is an example of how to implement a non blocking version of KEYS using SCAN:

  # Usage: find_all_keys("*cache*")
  def find_all_keys(str)
    redis =
    cursor = 0
    keepLooking = true
    matches = []
    while keepLooking
      res = redis.scan(cursor, match: str)
      cursor = res.first.to_i
      matches += res.last
      keepLooking = false if cursor == 0
   return matches